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Water Conservation Tips

Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approximately 300 - 400 gallons of water per day or 75 - 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve water. Small changes can make a big difference – try one today and soon it will become second nature.

  • Fix leaky toilets. Toilets account for 25% of water used and are the most likely cause of a high water bill. To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak and you should replace the flapper valve.
  • Replacing an older toilet that uses 3.5 to 5.0 gallons per flush with a new, more efficient model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush can save 600 to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Showers account for almost 20% of water used. Replace an older showerhead with a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive and easy to install. Replacing an older showerhead with a newer water efficient one can save up to 250 gallons a month.
  • Take short showers - a 5 minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water compared to up to 50 gallons for a bath.
  • Fix leaky faucets. Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to replace.
  • Shut off water while brushing your teeth, washing your hands and shaving and save up to 500 gallons a month.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
  • Replace older dishwashers and washing machines with newer models that are more water efficient and save on energy bills too.
  • Water plants only when necessary.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it and during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation.
  • When washing vehicles use a bucket of soapy water and use the hose only for rinsing.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose for cleaning driveways and sidewalks.
  • Teach your kids about water conservation to ensure a future generation that uses water wisely. Make it a family effort to reduce next month's water bill!
  • Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information.